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Gino Sarfatti

Italian, 1912-1985

That a spiky, futuristic chandelier named “Sputnik,” which was highly suggestive of the Soviet satellite of the same name, designed by an Italian engineer could predate the space age and the satellite’s launch by a few decades is the stuff of legend. But in 1939, Venetian-born Gino Sarfatti channeled his obsession with light and expert engineering skills into a design so bold it predicted the future. He would go on to design around 700 lighting products in his lifetime — each table lamp, wall light, pendant and chandelier superb and unorthodox in shape.

Sarfatti’s singular focus on creating opulent lighting designs that were rational in their use of resources makes him one of the most innovative lighting designers in history. He was studying to be an aeronautical engineer at the University of Genoa when his family’s financial troubles led him to drop out and move to Milan to help. During this time, he built a lamp for a friend using a coffee machine’s electric components and a glass vase. This exercise sparked his fascination with lighting, and he went on to found Arteluce in 1939. What followed was a period of working with skilled artisans and tinkering with materials instead of sketching. The self-taught designer soon established himself as a creator of provocative, sculptural luxury lighting. Through the company, he collaborated with some of the 20th century’s most influential designers, such as Vittoriano Viganò, who worked on Arteluce lighting between 1946 and 1960. In the 1950s and ’70s, Franco Albini, Franca Helg, Ico Parisi and Massimo Vignelli all contributed designs.

Sarfatti used resources mindfully and injected functionality into everything he designed. His light fixtures were lightweight, easy to take apart and reassemble and could be affordably repaired. This marriage of utilitarianism and glamour lent Sarfatti’s designs a clean, minimal yet arresting splendor, based on their graphical forms and construction.

After World War II, Sarfatti embraced new wiring technologies and materials like plexiglass, such as his 1972 project with Carlo Mollino that filled the Teatro Regio in Turin with hundreds of plexiglass pipes. In 1973, Sarfatti sold Arteluce to FLOS. His foresight, invention and fearlessness as a designer are revered to this day.

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Chandelier Model 2097
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Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconces in Black for Arteluce
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconces in black for Arteluce. Executed in black painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over a standa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gino Sarfatti

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Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconces in Green for Arteluce
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconces in green for Arteluce. Executed in original green painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gino Sarfatti

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Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce Pair of Lamps Model '586' in Aluminum
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce, table or floor lamps, model '586', aluminum, wire, Italy, 1962. Pair of round aluminum lamps designed by Italian designer Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce. T...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gino Sarfatti

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Gino Sarfatti “Arteluce” Table Lamp n584 Metal Crome Plexiglas, 1957, Italia
By Gino Sarfatti
Located in Milano, IT
Gino Sarfatti “Arteluce” table lamp n.584 metal Crome Plexiglas, 1957, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Gino Sarfatti

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Rare Pair of Wall Lights, Model No. 121 Gino Sarfatti
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Rovereta, SM
Rare pair of wall lights, model no. 121 Gino Sarfatti Available four.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gino Sarfatti

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Rare Large Gino Sarfatti 3009 Flushmounts Produced by Arteluce, Italy, 1953
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Echt, NL
Very rare pair of 3009 flushmounts in excellent condition. Designed by Gino Sarfatti in 1953 Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy These lamps are made of aluminum and glass The top p...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gino Sarfatti

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Gino Sarfatti Model 596 Table Lamp for Arteluce
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gino Sarfatti Seldom seen Model 596 table lamp. Gino Saratti Started and Designed many Classic Lamp Designs for Areluce. His designs shaped the Italian Design Movement! He was the fi...
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Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce Italian Floor Lamps Model 1073, 1956
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design couple of famous floor lamps model 1073, electrically connectable to each other, designed by Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce in 1956, reflectors in polis...
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Furniture of Gino Sarfatti are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Gino Sarfatti collection, there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 231 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 68 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Gino Sarfatti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Joe Colombo, Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Ercole Barovier. Prices for Gino Sarfatti furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $633 and tops out at $55,765, while pieces like these can sell for $4,400 on average..